Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

Charity information

Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

Founded in the 1960s, MRG is a small, independent, international non-governmental organisation (NGO). It is a rights-based organisation which, in partnership with others, seeks to persuade decision-makers – and through them communities – of the need for constructive change involving minorities. MRG is essentially an advocacy organisation, which promotes minority rights and enables good inter-community relationships to develop within a democratic, participative environment.
MRG occupies a unique strategic position at international level. There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. MRG’s international headquarters are in London, where it is legally registered both as a charity and as a limited company under English law, with an international governing Council.

Founded 1981

  • Mission statement

    MRG works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, and indigenous peoples.
    MRG works nationally and internationally to build links and raise awareness of minority rights within a clear framework of international standards in a non-partisan way.
    MRG promotes cooperation and understanding between communities.
    MRG encourages cooperation and understanding by bringing together groups with different views to share experiences and solve problems collaboratively. This helps build bridges across communities, while analysing case studies and promoting good practice.

  • Aims

    Minority Rights Group International (MRG) aims to:

    • Reducing poverty and ending discrimination.
    • Strengthening the voices of minority and indigenous peoples’ organisations.
    • Strengthening international systems for minority protection.
    • Changing discriminatory attitudes in key sectors of society.
    • Preventing conflict and mass atrocities.
  • Overview

    Established: February 1981

    Registered Charity Number: 282305

    Phone number: 020 7422 4200

    Address: 54 Commercial Street London, United Kingdom E1 6LT

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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